As the holidays near and the air clears, it’s the perfect time for the reliable endorphin rush of adorable, adoptable young animals provided every year by Macy’s in Union Square and the San Francisco SPCA, which have teamed up for 32 years to showcase kittens and puppies in the Union Square department store’s window displays.
This year’s wintertime spectacle runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through January 1.
Each year the San Francisco SPCA boasts over 1,000 adoptions as a result of the holiday showcase; adoption fees range from zero to $350, depending on the animal. They also persistently stall foot traffic on O’Farrell and Stockton, but few seem to mind.
The unbearably cute experience is a welcome moment of respite during a stressful time for many Bay Area residents. Those who can’t make it to Macy’s in person needn’t go without exposure: Four separate livestreams show off the window displays in living color during the day.
And for those looking for a kitten fix during the closing time hours, look no further than Instagram, where the furry critters have proved a reliable hit for years.